Pension reform Escrivá agrees with the unions to reform the self-employed contribution system in the absence of a ‘yes’ from the employers

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    The Government does not want to give more time to the reform of pensions for self-employed workers and intends to take the text negotiated with the social agents to the Council of Ministers next week to turn the page and continue with the reform agenda. After more than a year negotiating a new system of contributions for real income of this group, Social Security has reached a preliminary agreement with UPTA and UATAE, the associations of self-employed workers linked to the unions, but it remains to add the one represented in the employer, ATA.

    “There is no pre-agreement closed. There are pending fringes that prevent us from giving the ok”, ATA has pointed out before the information that the longest negotiation carried out by Social Security in its system reform agenda already has the unanimous blessing of the social agents.

    It remains to be seen what happens in the event that next week José Luis Escrivá’s new negotiator, Borja Suárez, still does not have the agreement with the employer in his hand. María Jose Landáburu, president of Uatae, an organization linked to CCOO, has indicated that an agreement has already been reached by having “managed to lower the quotas for people with more difficulties” and “improve the benefit for cessation of activity for all the world”. From UPTA they are also satisfied with the last text sent by Social Security, reports Europa Press.

    The reform of the contribution system has had its main stumbling block in the income contribution tables. In his latest proposal, Escrivá has sent the social agents a scheme for the next three years in which workers who generate less income pay lower fees than what they currently pay, and those who invoice more pay more than currently.

    The minimum fee (for those who declare returns of 670 euros per month or less) will be 230 euros in 2023, 225 euros in 2024 and 200 euros in 2025, 15, 13 and 30 euros per month less than the penultimate offer. At the other extreme, that of those who enter the most, quotas of 500, 530 and 590 euros are established between 2023 and 2025.

    Apart from the quotas and fringes that the association chaired by Lorenzo Amor still wants to ensure, the main change in the system is that Social Security will cross data with the Tax Agency to establish the range in which workers will contribute and that can be adjusted at different times of the year. In this way, it is intended that if today the vast majority of the self-employed contribute for the minimum base when they declare their income and, therefore, have access to minimum pensions that sometimes must be supplemented, the proportion of the group that contributes to the minimum.

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